Bellville, Belle of the Bluebonnet Country, is the County Seat of
Austin County, Texas. It's close in proximity to Houston and
Bryan/College Station, but noted for typifying the small town
Founded in 1848 and incorporated in 1927, Bellville enjoys a population of approximately 3,800 residents. This desirable location is about 60 miles west of Houston, 13 miles north of Interstate Highway 10 & 18 miles south of Texas Highway 290. At an elevation of 275 feet above sea level, Bellville stands in timeless harmony with its green rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays from early spring through late summer. Thomas and James Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred settlers, emigrated from Florida in 1822 to the Bellville area. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County and Bellville was named for them. Churches, a log cabin, and a wooden courthouse were the first public structures in Bellville. Most of the residents were farmers, and the town grew slowly until the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880, when the population rose from 300 people to 1,000 residents within three years.
LCRA electrical power
is supplied to residents of Bellville through the City of Bellville and residents of Austin County through San Bernard Electric
Cooperative, who also has an office located in Bellville.
Texas Southeastern Gas Company furnishes natural gas to Bellville.
High speed internet and cable television service are available to
Bellville is served by an aldermanic form of government with city owned and operated utilities. Many state and county offices are conveniently located in the Austin County Courthouse. Newly remodeled Bellville General Hospital is a licensed 32-bed acute care facility, fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC). The Hospital is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit hospital located just 4 blocks from the Courthouse Square. The city also has a local school district; a Christian based school, Public Library, The Bellville Times- a weekly newspaper, four financial institutions, and a variety of small businesses, manufacturers and other industry. Some added resources of Bellville are available housing, and convenient sites for clean industrial and retail development. Bellville has an Economic Development Corporation funded by 4B Sales Tax.
Bellville is a charming, clean, well planned community, featuring
a colorful mixture of various cultures. With smog-free air, a
pastoral atmosphere, and high accessibility to major highways,
Bellville offers many desirable features to the visitor, the
resident, and various business interests.